MCN Fleet

These are the 10 new-for-2021 bikes that will be joining this year’s MCN long-term test fleet. From off-roaders to nakeds, superbikes to adventure machines, our team of highly experienced riders will be taking them on road, track and dirt – hopefully both at home and abroad – to cut through the marketing hype and find out just how well each one performs.

Along the way we’ll be testing tyres, kit and hard-parts, speaking to experts and owners, logging every tank of fuel and enjoying each and every mile in order to bring you the most thorough review possible. And if you own one of these models, please get in touch with us and we’ll compare notes.

To read each bike's full review, click on the images below. We will continue to update these pages as the year progresses. There will also be plenty of posts to social media, our #ride5000miles page and videos on our YouTube channel.

Click on the pictures below:

2021 Aprilia RS660 long-term test
Harley-Davidson Pan America long-term test
BMW S1000R long-term test
 Suzuki Hayabusa long-term test
 Triumph Trident 660 long-term test  KTM 890 Adventure R long-term test
 Honda CRF300 Rally long-term test  Kawasaki ZX-10R long-term test
 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT long-term test  Ducati Multistrada V4 S long-term test


MCN Fleet 2021 videos

View a selection of expert video reviews of some of our long-term test bikes from their respective launches.

Triumph Trident 660

Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Aprilia RS660


Check out previous MCN Fleets below:

Read MCN's 2020 long-term test reports here Read about MCN's 2019 long-term test fleet here Read 2018 MCN long-term test reports here  

MCN Fleet: Stepping back in time with the Honda CRF300 Rally

MCN Fleet: Stepping back in time with the Honda CRF300 Rally

From the moment I got on the new Honda CRF300 Rally I was transported back to my youth, albeit now with a digital dash, fuel injection, water cooling, disc brakes and monoshock suspension. The riding...

MCN Fleet: Delighted to be back on a Multistrada V4S after engine recall work

MCN Fleet: Delighted to be back on a Multistrada V4S after engine recall work

Ducati didn’t get off to the best start with the Ducati Multistrada V4 – a supplier failure with the tolerances of their valve guides causing a significant, and expensive, recall to replace the...

MCN Fleet: Itching for an adventure with KTM's 890R

MCN Fleet: Itching for an adventure with KTM's 890R

Having done close to 15,000 miles on a KTM 790 Adventure R long-term test bike in 2019, I thought I knew exactly what I was getting into with the all new KTM 890 Adventure R…wrong. Yes I know that...

MCN Fleet: Power games for the Suzuki Hayabusa

MCN Fleet: Power games for the Suzuki Hayabusa

The Suzuki Hayabusa is back! Not only has the Hayabusa returned to Suzuki’s line-up after two years banished to the wilderness by Euro4, but it’s also back in my garage. I had the pleasure of running...

MCN Fleet: What’s hot and what’s not on the Aprilia RS 660?

MCN Fleet: What’s hot and what’s not on the Aprilia RS 660?

Back in 2018, when the planet was pandemic-free, I was sent to Milan to report on the new bike releases from Italy’s international Eicma trade show. It was here that Aprilia surprised the world’s...

MCN Fleet: Is the BMW S1000R all my favourite things rolled into one?

MCN Fleet: Is the BMW S1000R all my favourite things rolled into one?

Heated grips, cruise control, straight bars and superbike performance are all my favourite things – the BMW S1000R rolls them into one. I can’t wait to get out on it and enjoy the simple pleasure of...

MCN Fleet: Can all the power of the Kawasaki ZX-10R work in the real world?

MCN Fleet: Can all the power of the Kawasaki ZX-10R work in the real world?

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of running a superbike as a daily ride but got bitten by the off-road bug and so haven’t ever owned one. I want to find out if 200bhp-plus can work in the real...

MCN Fleet: I can’t wait to get going on the Triumph Trident 660

MCN Fleet: I can’t wait to get going on the Triumph Trident 660

As only my second 'big bike', the new Triumph Trident 660 triple seems to tick all the boxes, and I’m delighted to be running it this year. Neevesy and the test team have raved about it, plus I love...

MCN Fleet: I’m secretly hoping the Harley-Davidson Pan America is the perfect combination

MCN Fleet: I’m secretly hoping the Harley-Davidson Pan America is the perfect combination

The Harley-Davidson Pan America is the most interesting bike to come from the American firm in decades and I have no idea if I will love it or hate it. I’m secretly hoping it’s the perfect combination...

MCN Fleet: Cornwall beckons for a week with the Yamaha Tracer 9GT

MCN Fleet: Cornwall beckons for a week with the Yamaha Tracer 9GT

I’m itching to get my hands on the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT. I ran the original in 2018 and can’t wait to see how this updated version compares. Cornwall beckons for a week in the summer and, if rules...

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

MCN Fleet: The Honda Fireblade SP finds a permanent home

Maybe it’s the 'Lockdown Effect', or perhaps it’s what’s known as a mid-life crisis (they’re not just for men, you know?) But whatever the reason, the result is I’m now the proud co-owner of a 2020...

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

MCN Fleet: Can the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro devour its rivals?

My love affair with adventure bikes started way back in 2006 when I blagged a go on a friends KTM 950 Adventure. I was still into my sports bikes at the time, mainly 600 supersports but the KTM...

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

MCN Fleet: A Ducati Streetfighter for less?

This is my third Ducati Streetfighter – I love ‘em. The latest V4 option is far from cheap, but there is a more affordable way to own one: get a used 1098 or 848 model.  My first Streetfighter...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT post-it pad video review

After a year living with the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT, News Editor Jordan Gibbons gives his video verdict. Watch the full film above and catch previous updates below. Related: Full Suzuki V-Strom...

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

MCN Fleet: The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is good, but not perfect

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was entrusted with KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT. Grabbing the keys in early February, I couldn’t wait to put its 173bhp V-twin to the test on track and lose my European...

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

MCN Fleet Yamaha Ténéré 700 long-term test round-up

I’ve spent the strangest year of my life as custodian of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and some of the best bits of it were spent in the saddle. Here’s how the last 12 months unfolded. Previous MCN Fleet...

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

MCN Fleet: Auf Wiedersehen Pet! Fond farewell to the BMW F900XR

It was a difficult year to put miles on a long-term test bike and I've given it back feeling like I had much to learn. Here's a timeline of what I did manage to acheive with the bike and you can find...

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

MCN Fleet: Where did 2020 go on the Kawasaki Z H2

Well, I feel I have blinked and missed 2020, which actually may be a good thing in some ways. I do though feel I have been robbed of some of the fun times I could have had out on the truly bonkers...

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

MCN Fleet: Would I buy the Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports?

Last week, a reader asked me if I have a favourite manufacturer – not something I’ve really thought about before – and that got me thinking about my own bikes and the Honda Africa Twin I’ve now spent...

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

MCN Fleet: Video round-up of 2020 with the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

See the video above to find out what Gareth thinks of the Interceptor after spending 2020 riding, modifying and working it.  Update 8: Further afield on our Enfield First published...

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

It’s time to wave goodbye to the Honda CBR650R and I’ll be really sad to see it go. Related: full expert Honda CBR650R review on MCN One of my concerns at the start of this long-term test was that...

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

'Christ this thing’s big… I’m not sure what I’ve got myself in for here,' is what I told myself as I wobbled out of the MCN carpark for the first-time aboard Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 SE almost a year...

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

This time of year depresses me - the days are grey, nights are long and winter feels like it’s never going to end. There is one ray of sunshine though, my daily commute on the Yamaha XMAX 400...

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

The start of every year is always filled with such high expectation of rides, adventures and quality time on your bike. But life is busy and it’s so easy for the summer months to drift past and you...

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

The look of a bike is one thing, but the sound of a bike, well now you’re talking. For me, my ultimate is a big thumping single. To my ears, it’s unbeatable. The big twin Triumph Scrambler 1200XE...

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

Suzuki somewhat jumped on the bandwagon with the 2019 Katana having no doubt seen the success of the Kawasaki Z900RS. Take a tried and tested road bike, in this case the Suzuki GSX-S1000, give it a...

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

Looking back on those heady days of Springtime, when the tarmac was warm and the Triumph Speed Twin's odometer was only showing triple digits, I distinctly remember wondering about how much abuse the...

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

One of the cool things about niche bikes like the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is that owners tend to be real enthusiasts and there are a couple of really active Facebook groups where the Scrambleristi...

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

It’s been an interesting year of riding; not my most enjoyable but that’s not the fault of the beautiful Ducati Diavel 1260S. The bike’s a stunner and has a shopping list of top spec parts that...

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

419 miles Friday 31 May. Moments after grabbing the keys to my 2019 BMW S1000RR I’m heading to the Nürburgring, marvelling at my Beemer’s lightness and low-down torque. Cruise control, heated...

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

It’s just gone 1.30am as I fire up the Niken’s triple and prepare to negotiate my way off the Steam Packet’s catamaran on my return from the Isle of Man. I’m one of the last to leave, mainly because...

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

For the most part, the Indian FTR1200S is great out of the crate but (there’s always a but) the stock Dunlop DT3-R tyres leave a lot of room for improvement. In the dry they’re fine but the savage...

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

I really wanted to find a catastrophic flaw in the BMW R1250GSA’s skill set this year. It’s nothing personal, but having covered around 35,000 miles on GSs over the last five years, the cachet of...

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Update 15: Retracing My Steps It’s been a fun-filled ten months and life won’t be the same now I’ve said goodbye to the Yamaha Tracer 900GT. With my longest solo tour to date, and weekends away with...

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

Or at least I think it is… Over the last 11 months the £6199 Suzuki SV650X has wormed its way into my heart and I will be sad to see it go back to its true custodians in the coming weeks. With...

MCN Fleet: Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA - Luggage options

MCN Fleet: Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA  - Luggage options

One of the real benefits of adventure bikes is that you can lug stuff around easily – whether that’s a load of camping gear to Africa, or the Christmas shop back from Sainsburys. Like most...